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#1 TomOneal

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:54 PM

I just got a Google Chromecast dongle at Best Buy for $35.00 and it works great with my Milenicon MiFi (4G - 20GB plan)

 

Problem is it works to well and I may get a nastygram from Milenicom over usage if I keep watching all those NetFlix, YouTube programs, CNN, etc.

 

What if I switch my MiFi to that Sprint 3G Unlimited Plan so I don't have to worry about usage.  Anyone use one of these Chromecast dongles on a 3G system.  Do they work as well (i.e. no buffering!)

 

 



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 04:29 AM

Sprint may be "unlimited" but if you read the contact, you can use too much bandwidth and be throttled down.  But with Sprint you have less territorial coverage and because they allow "unlimited" use, their towers are often overloaded so overuse of nandwidth may not be a problem.

 

The way to get video for an RVer is via satellite or OTA.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:12 AM

If you have the 20gb plan I believe you are using verizon. Did they require you to purchase your original device from them?. Is so definitely verizon. Probably not compatible with sprint
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:49 AM

I have a Chromecast and use it occasionally with my Verizon data plan. I don't have Millenicom at the moment. But it can use LOTS of data. LOTS.....depending on what you do. So I do not use mine on a metered connection. Which makes it less useful, for sure.  I do like it for YouTube, though, and that does not use an excessive amount. 


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#5 TomOneal

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:28 PM

Decided to use my grandfathered Verizon 3G unlimited account to test the Chromecast.  Ran into a small hick-up trying to set it up - (I use an old Verizon(Pantech) UM-175VW USB modem plugged into a Cradelpoint MBR-1000 router.)
 
Using the Cradelpoint MBR1000 wireless router (And I suspect the 350) - When connecting a Google Chromecast to the router, it connects fine but shows on the TV an error that it is connected to the router but cannot access the internet.   This is because the MBR-1000, by default, requires confirmation of Internet Access Authorization by entering the ADMIN password the first time a connected device attempts to access the internet. 
 
However, since Chromecast is just a HDMI dongle there is no way to enter a password through chromecast (Nor even see the P/W entry screen normally sent by the MBR-1000.)
 
This "required authentication" feature of the MBR-1000 is a toggle and can be turned off without making the router an open network.   Log into the MBR-1000 as administrator,  Under Basic select Setup Wizzard, on tyhe second screen - un-check the box where it says require authentication for internet access.  Finish the Wizard and allow the router to reboot.  Chromecast will suddenly access the Internet and give you "Ready to Cast"
 
As to it's use under 3G - Seems to work fine.  Only a couple short buffering occurrences in 1/2 Hr viewing when watching a HD 1020P Netflix movie and I am accessing the internet in parallel on the laptop.
 
So far - So good!   Since Vzn meters my usage even under the unlimited I'll be able to see how much bandwith I actually consume with this thing. 


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:50 PM

When we stream Netflix on a 3G connection I usually set the data rate in the Netflix Account Settings to the lowest of the three choices. The picture is still watchable and it seems to override some of Netflix's automatic data rate adjustment. For the kind of shows we like to watch (mostly foreign TV mystery series) the picture quality is fine. Even doing this, it takes a connection of ~1 Mbps or more in order to keep the number of "buffering" delays to a reasonable number.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 03:40 PM

I got an email from millenicom yesterday regarding a question I asked them . I wanted to know if I could get their unlimited sprint plan and some how connect their USB device into a wireless router. Their answer was to purchase a Sprint hotspot such as a Sierra Tri-Fi and sign up for a BYOD unlimited plan...then he added that that has a 50 gig soft cap. 50 gigs is quite a bit...I figured approx 100 hrs plus using my IPad for streaming. I can also transfer from IPad to TV using Apple TV device.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 03:41 PM

The only problem is sprint's coverage sucks in the west.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

I have  the 20GB 4G Millenicom MiFi account.  Just checked my Milenicom MiFi 4G usage for Sept - 27.5GB (And no nastygram from Milenicom)

 

Question: If I throttle my MiFi back to 3G during streaming does the data streamed at 3G count toward my monthly 20GB cap?

 

I suspect data is data but I was hoping 3G data didn't count. ;-)  Anyone tried that tactic?



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:37 PM

Just put one in the Roadtrek, it does not like my Droid Bionic as a Remote and is flaky for the Vizio tab using Netflix. You can cut the gigs used in Netflix to 1/3 to 1/2 a gig per hour by loging in to your Netflix account and changing the video quality settings. Prior to this I just used the HDMI output on the Bionic and may go back to that, in the DesertFox I use a Roku box, but its tvs require an inverter and I was looking for a 12volt solution for the Trek.
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